Walter Mason on mindfulness and writing

Walter Mason is a travel writer and blogger, and the author of Destination Saigon (2010) and Destination Cambodia (2013).  He has trained in meditation traditions in Thailand, Taiwan, Cambodia and Vietnam, and teaches courses in Buddhist cultural history and the spiritual traditions of Vietnam. 1. How do mindfulness and meditation support your creative writing practice? It definitely helps make me more aware ...

Book Review: Two Wolves by Tristan Bancks

When Ben Silver’s parents whisk him and his younger sister, Olive, away for a “holiday” he has a suspicion there is more to the story than what they are letting on. The premise for Tristan Bancks’s book Two Wolves is quite intriguing – parents kidnapping their own kids. You want to immediately know why they are doing so. Luckily, from the very ...

Book Review: The Missing Wife by Sheila O’Flanagan

Why would a wife deliberately disappear and leave her perfect life behind? Leave her perfect husband, her perfect marriage, her perfect house? That’s what Imogen did when she created her ‘Plan’. I love books that place me in the middle of the action the moment I start reading. It draws me in immediately, and that’s what The Missing Wife does. It opens ...

Kate Holden on Writing For Yourself

Kate Holden is the author of In My Skin: A Memoir and The Romantic: Italian Nights and Days, both best-selling non-fiction memoirs published by Text. She is also a longstanding columnist for The Age. Some of her essays and interviews on memoir are also available on her website. What inspired you to become a memoirist? I never intended to be a memoirist. What I wanted was to explain ...

Spotlight On… Kristyn M. Levis

This month our spotlight shines on NSW Writer’s Centre member Kristyn M. Levis who is an author, freelance writer and photographer with 13 years experience both in Australia and internationally. Kristyn has worked in various capacities, initially as a broadcast journalist and TV reporter in the Philippines. She has worked as a radio broadcaster with SBS in Sydney. Her experience also ...

Event Recap: YA All The Way

One afternoon session of The Kids & YA Festival saw four YA authors come together to discuss their passion for young adult literature, the experiences that have enriched their story telling, and their contributions to the YA community. The panellists came from a variety of backgrounds. Both Steph Bowe and Will Kostakis began their writing careers as teenagers. Now at the ...

Book Review: A World of Ash by Justin Woolley

A World of Ash is the third book of Justin Woolley’s The Territory series, so be warned: this review contains spoilers if you haven’t read A Town Called Dust and A City Called Smoke. After the giant cliffhanger ending of the second book, the third and last volume in the series starts with Squid, the young orphan who is the main ...

Mark Dapin on getting started with creative non-fiction

Mark Dapin is the author of The Nashos' War, a highly acclaimed history of the Vietnam-era national service scheme in Australia. He is also editor of the Penguin Book of Australian War Writing and another Penguin anthology, From the Trenches: the Best ANZAC Writing of World War One and a PhD candidate in history at UNSW@ADFA. In addition to his ...

Event Recap: First Friday Club with Brendan Fredericks

For the month of July our First Friday Club guest was Brendan Fredericks, a publicist and author manager who has his own freelance publicist and literary agency BFPR. In the past Brendan has worked for Hachette Australia and Bloomsbury Publishing. He has been working with authors and promoting their works since 2006 and has worked with authors such as Germaine ...

Writing On Our Calendar – July

July brings a slew of poetry happenings, literary talks and workshops to keep you inspired, discovering and writing. From established authors to up-and-comers and amateurs at your local, we've scoured our networks to bring you some of the best events happening in Sydney this month.   Tues 12 July - Writing Sydney with Walter Mason Walter Mason talks with ‘Australia’s Queen of crime fiction’, ...

What We’re Reading: July 2016

As we settle into the midst of winter, the staff at the Centre are enjoying their evenings lazing in front of the heater and immersing themselves in the stories that have captured our attention this month. Whether it's rereading our favourite classics or travelling back through time to explore the Soviet Union, each book is guaranteed to make these cooler ...

Patrick Lenton on self-publishing and self-promotion

Patrick Lenton is an author and digital marketing professional. He has worked for Momentum Books, the digital-first imprint of Pan Macmillan, and now runs Town Crier, a digital marketing and social media consultancy for authors. So authors can't make any money from self-publishing, can they? Very not true - as long as authors treat self-publishing like a business, there's actually a greater ...

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